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2012-04-19 at 16:04

Police seize cocaine, marijuana and hash after two searches

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Police say they’ve seized nearly $200,000 worth of narcotics following two raids in the city.

Officials with the Thunder Bay Police Service say drug enforcement officers, assisted by the guns and gangs unit and uniformed patrol, conducted two searches Wednesday.

The first search warrant targeted a home in the 400 block of Hazelwood Drive, while the second focused on a business in the 100 block of Frederica Street West.

As a result of those searches, police were able to seize about 1,300 grams of cocaine, 1,800 grams of marijuana and 500 grams of hashish.

The street value of the drugs is estimated to be about $177,400.

Police also found about $1,600 in Canadian cash.

Accused Sean William Leiville, 30, of Thunder Bay was arrested and taken into custody.

Leiville was held in custody and appeared in Thunder Bay court on Thursday. He faces the following charges:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking sec 5(2) CDSA
• Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking sec 5(2) CDSA
• Possession of Cannabis Resin (Hash) for the Purpose of Trafficking sec 5(2) CDSA
• Proceeds of Crime not exceeding $5,000.00 sec 354(1)(a) CC

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chbaker says:
So, the guy had no weapons, and was not in a "gang"

So why waste the money on guns&gang unit?
Those police just LOVE blowing tax money on the failed American style "war on drugs"

Has an officer in Thunder Bay been shot at in the last 25 years? I don't think so.

It's almost as bad as the 50 man swat team with fully automatic weapons all waiting for the one guy with a knife to come out....

Fire them all, hire competent brave police.
4/19/2012 4:34:47 PM
pagirl says:
You sure know it all, don't you?

You're good for a laugh, anyway.
4/19/2012 4:56:12 PM
CGA says:
Tell that to the 100+ parents in Norway who have to hear in court how their sons and daughters were executed absent any interference for over an hour. Do you get any news outside of Thunder Bay?
4/19/2012 5:30:25 PM
Random says:
Wow, for once i agree with you. Instead of wasting that money on guns n gangs, it should be spent on getting new black Cadillac Escalades for the tacticle unit so they don't have to drive around in those cheap Tahoes. I mean, if those drug dealers you love so much can have them, then the police should too. Even better, get them a helicoptor. They need one. And Harleys.
The city should also budget for Iphones and Ipads for every officer.
Oh, every cruiser/Escalade should be equipped with CRAYONS to hand out to the people who need em.
4/19/2012 5:51:04 PM
ohno says:
Normally I agree the police blow things out of proportion following procedure but this guy had 1300g of cocaine..
4/19/2012 7:58:20 PM
debt collector says:
Sounds like you are upset your dealer got busted.
4/19/2012 10:37:25 PM
Glyder says:
You sure like to take a lot of chances with peoples lives huh? What if there were 5 people in the house, with fully auto weapons. Your scenario would be to have what, a couple Hawaii 5-0 guys walk up nonchalantly, knock open the door and knock em all out without a shot fired.

Yeah, the "war on drugs" is pretty useless, but the cops are doing their jobs, and doing it to PROTECT THEMSELVES as well. If I were a cop, I sure as hell wouldn't want to get shot by some dipshit drug dealer. (sorry, did I offend you?)

Go smoke another one and watch Point Break again.
4/20/2012 1:31:20 AM
Thayer says:
Maybe that's why an officer hasn't been shot in the last 25 years...
4/20/2012 11:13:27 AM
nascarrulez says:
If you think that is bad, how about EIGHT officers, four of whom were dressed in full SWAT, to serve charges to a prisoner at the district jail.
4/19/2012 5:44:21 PM
wildwest says:
I am appalled by chbaker comments and frankly can't believe it was allowed to be posted. He has no idea how many officers were involved. He has no idea how many people were ther nor what the police plan was. And his logic about the swat team is abused. It's great that no police officer has been shot in 25 yrs probably because of how safe they try to do things for everyone involved. But this is an anti police news site so I am not surprised. Good job Thunder Bay PD
4/19/2012 5:51:23 PM
humnchuck says:
Since confronting these criminals is no big deal, why don't you joing the force and lead the way?

Const. Craig Town was shot at police headquarters about 10 years ago, as well as another in the Landmark Inn parking lot around 1980. Regardless, just because someone hasn't been shot yet locally doesn't mean there's no possibility of it happening.
4/19/2012 5:57:14 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
Const. Craig Town was shot in the line of duty about two decades ago. The incident left him paralyzed.
4/19/2012 6:06:53 PM
halfnut says:
here we go again police take these drugs of the streets and police get blamed for doing it right
How would they know if the man was armed or not good job to thunder bay police
4/19/2012 6:32:01 PM
moosehead says:
They obviously knew there was a significant amount of drugs for them to perform the raid.....would you take the chance of going into this persons house knowing they weren't armed?

4/19/2012 7:48:11 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
Don't be so quick to criticize. You know nothing of the situation.

As for your question - Has an officer in Thunder Bay been shot at in the last 25 years?
I think so!
Const. Craig Town was shot in the line of duty about two decades ago. The incident left him paralyzed.
4/19/2012 9:11:22 PM
albert.a.bound says:
chbaker- from looking back at all your asinine comments, you must have been a very naughty boy/girl as a child, and from the sound of it you still act childish.. No matter what the police do you are whining about something.. This past comment has at this moment I am posting this has 35 "agrees".. Quit pushing the "agree" button, that's just pathetic, and sad that you would do that 35 times.. Now maybe they do go overboard, just maybe. But in the last 40 years they have had 1 officer killed. Hopefully that never happens again, and from the precautions they take now, there is a good chance that will never happen again..
Quit whining. Somebody with 1.3 kilos of cocaine, etc. is no choirboy, and if I remember correctly, that property on Hazelwood drive is/was owned by a leader of the Hell's Angels.. I may be wrong on that, I am not sure, but in any case having that much "product" is not something a low level dealer would have on hand.. And I am sure as the sky is blue he would have guns..
4/19/2012 11:16:20 PM
Gwn84 says:
The property was never owned by the Hells Angels. And I can say for ABSOLUTE Certain that there were no guns involed on his behalf. If there were weapons, they would have charged him with that too... Now he may not have been a choirboy, but he is no violent and still has a family and friends who care about him.
4/20/2012 9:33:15 AM
eastender says:
Chewbaker you obviously never heard of the boy scouts motto. ALWAYS BE PREPARED. If you had your way we would have a rag tag bunch of security guards with nothing but cell phones on their hips, who would run and hide soon as a single shot was fired. Then you would criticize them for not having a swat team. I think I smell sour grapes.
4/20/2012 12:20:46 AM
Suzyq says:
Yawn. Waste of time, waste of money. Big fat waste.

What happens? The person goes to jail, we spent money on courts, police, lawyers, incarceration, and ensure the guy is permanently useless to society, costing us 10's of millions over his lifetime.

The second he is gone, those who are addicted to the drugs he sold (except pot, because it is not chemically addicting. You can stop cold and have no withdrawal symptoms) will go to someone else and buy them. That person will sell more to replace these drugs that are gone. Yawn. The police have failed, nothing has changed.

When are we going to get away from the USA style war on drugs? All it does is waste billions on jails, courts, and cops, and put big money into the pocket of drug lords, biker gangs, and other organized crime. IT DOESN'T WORK.

Still waiting until the older generation dies off (they are stuck in their anti-drug ways) and we can change the system to try and treat addicts instead of incarcerating them.
4/20/2012 12:31:29 AM
Glyder says:
Yawn, waste of time reading your post.

Nice that you were able to sum up the whole "war on drugs" without offering any other ideas for solving the problem.

Thats the problem with you and ideas, just criticize. Yeah, its a waste of money, but whats the alternative? Just let everyone run around high on coke, heroin, ex, and whatever? oh, your an anarchist...gotcha...that will make EVERYTHING all better.

What's your solution to the drug problem?
4/20/2012 10:16:32 AM
Suzyq says:
Sorry, I should have stated my solutions, which I have on this forum before. Thanks for all your irrational assumptions though, Glyder.

Heres the alternative: PORTUGAL.


Billions in savings, organized crime gets no money, addicts are treated with more dignity and help, rather than just being thrown in jail, petty crime is down.

Stil don't like it? Heres the best thing of all: SINCE LEGALIZATION THEY HAVE LOWERED THEIR RATE OF DRUG USE.,8599,1893946,00.html

There are hundreds of relevant articles online if you don't think time magazine is credible enough.

You made assumptions about me, heres one about you: you are an out of touch 50+ person who has been indoctrinated by the anti-drug racket here in Canada? Hint: organized crime, cops, jails, judges all get paid by keeping drugs illegal. Wake up to the truth. These are facts. The war on drugs is insane.
4/20/2012 11:18:48 AM
hadenough says:
Judging from the recent history Portugal is doing soooooo well as a society.
4/20/2012 10:02:32 PM
Mazda323 says:
You know chbaker, you really are a chump. How would the police know there were no guns involved until they got inside to look? How do YOU know there weren't, hmmm??
And just for your information, because you seem to think you're so informed...Craig Town was shot in 1991, 21 years ago. So the answer to your question is yes. An officer in Thunder Bay HAS been shot at in the last 25 years.
Better to close your mouth (or keyboard) and be thought an idiot that to open it and remove all doubt!
4/20/2012 12:43:37 AM
vimeo says:
Seriously? You have no clue. They probably said that at Columbine, or in Sweden last fall. It's a different world out there. Just because we haven't had a shooting doesn't mean there never can be.
4/20/2012 1:19:32 AM
sparrow says:
chbaker, you are probably just upset because they arrested your dealer. Cst. Craig Town was shot in the 90's you moron. TBnewswatch, why do you continue to post this guy's stupid comments?
4/20/2012 3:57:43 AM
Ring of Fire Dude says:
Why wasn't the other person named ?
4/20/2012 6:17:19 AM
alleycat says:
Probably because the other place searched was his house!
4/20/2012 9:08:23 AM
chbaker says:
This is not America or some other neo police state country. This is Canada.

POlice are working harder than ever to bust drug users, but obnviously they're not doing any good.

Policing is the city's biggest expense and it's not doing us any good.

They blow money and blow money and sensationalize so they can have even more..
But for what?

They're not doing ANY good at all at 25+million a year.

We could have half the police and still have the same crime rate.

Why don't they stake out a macs for a week instead of wasting time on drug dealers?
Oh yeah, cause police don't prevent crime.
4/20/2012 11:32:22 AM
happyb says:
I completely agree with Gwn84. This is a terrible situation and I don't agree with any kind of drugs but not all people who are associated with drugs are who and what you think they are. This man was not dangerous or he would have had guns. He still has family and friends who care for him. If this was a person in your family or one of your close friends you wouldn't be talking like this. This man was just like all of us. Don't be so rude.
4/20/2012 11:39:44 AM
Me n My Opinion says:

So who and what exactly are people who participate in ruining other people's lives? He may very well be a loving dad to his own kids, but if he rips his family apart by choosing to do what he does, I have no sympathy for him. He thinks nothing of ruining others lives, and ripping their families apart, so just maybe what's good for the goose is good for the gander too. He chose to do what he does, takes advantage of and exploits people's weakness and you have the gall to say we shouldn't judge? If he's truly the loving and caring family person you make him out to be, maybe he should have used his head a bit beforehand. His selfishness and disregard for other people's lives makes me want to puke.
4/20/2012 12:30:14 PM
Bobguy says: are funny. If you think Portugal is the model for government and productivity maybe you should look at some more recent articles. The ones that discuss how Portugal relates to Ireland, Greece and Spain and how their poor societies are bringing down the European economies.
4/20/2012 11:51:18 AM
Suzyq says:
So because Portugal made some really dumb choices in other things means that everything portugal has done is bad? Their drug policy is hailed worldwide for being so successful. They have lower rates of drug use than use, and do it all while spending a minimal amount on enforcement, all with better public health outcomes.

Is your entire argument "if one thing they did is bad, everything they did is bad"? Come on! Are you really trying to debase my point with this infantile, nonsensical argument? You can do better than that.
4/20/2012 5:18:14 PM
truth says:
Constable Town was shot in the Police Station with his own weapon.

You make it seem like he was chasing down a criminal after a bank robbery.
4/20/2012 1:02:39 PM
Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo says:


4/20/2012 1:27:19 PM
realist says:
And people claim "marijuana" doesn't do any harm.
4/20/2012 3:15:11 PM
unknowncronic says:
just say no.
4/20/2012 1:32:32 PM
metisman says:
"Drug legalization removes all criminal penalties for producing, selling and using drugs; no country has tried it. In contrast, decriminalization, as practiced in Portugal, eliminates jail time for drug users but maintains criminal penalties for dealers. Spain and Italy have also decriminalized personal use of drugs and Mexico's president has proposed doing the same"

This was an clipping from "Scientific American" which studied the decriminalization of street drugs (Pot, Coke, Heroin and LSD. It clearly shows that since this law was put into effect in 2001 in Portugal, it has had a substantial and positive impact. Teen usage has decreased by 50% and the cases of HIV from dirty needles decreased by 70%. Numbers don't lie folks. We really need to take a look at why drugs are illegal and how much we spend cracking down this. Much like prohibition, the only ones getting rich are criminal organizations.

CHBAKER.Lets back up our police force...they are there to and themselves.
4/20/2012 1:55:54 PM
Mazda323 says:
Does it matter where Mr. Town was shot? He was a police officer who was shot in the line of duty by a criminal. The man is now a quadripalegic.
Chbaker, police don't PREVENT crime, that's not their job. Their job is to INVESTIGATE crime and CHARGE those who commit crimes. Not happy with the justice system? Go talk to a Judge, or perhaps the bleeding hearts who mandate that these people must be released on probation, recognizance or whatever so they are free to reoffend.
I would much rather see this guys arse in jail for trafficking, than having all those drugs wind up in our children or shipped up to the reserves where the drug problem is rampant. Don't think they're doing any good? Give them your address so they can drop off all the druggies on your doorstep and YOU deal with them then. Have fun with that.
It's now wonder crime is so rampant in this city when so few people have respect for the police.
4/20/2012 2:00:25 PM
spinthebig4 says:
Crime is not rampant in Thunder Bay. The media chooses to write about crime alot, but when do you actually see crimes being committed? I've had a couple bikes stolen from me over 7 or 8 years, I wouldn't call that rampant, it sucks, but it's not rampant. On a side note, it's insane that the conservatives are going to make mandatory minimum sentences for anyone growing 201 marijuana plants have a stricter sentence than someone who committed rape against a child.
4/22/2012 2:16:50 PM
Random says:
funniest thing about this whole article and posts is chbakers lack of support. I betcha anything he/she was waiting for the big anti-police onslaught that never materialized.
Time for someone to go colour huh ch?
4/20/2012 4:45:26 PM
combatvet says:
the "drug war" is political, not physical...if it were physical it would have been over around the time of the noriega coflict...panama...'88-....
4/21/2012 6:47:08 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Prohibition will work. Just give the cops another billion dollars and another hundred years, and by golly, they'll deal a death blow to the pot smokers. They'll ruin your life, to save you, they say. Very profitable for them, this merry-go-round.
4/23/2012 11:22:29 AM
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